Hold onto your hats, boils and ghouls, it’s time for Alex’s top 5 picks for October movie viewing. Some are safe, comfortable picks you may see coming, and some may throw you for a major loop. Enjoy kiddies.
In no particular order:
Tim Burton’s legacy will always be tainted by the few stinkers he’s done, especially as of late, but I can’t hate the man because he’s having a bad streak. Sleepy hollow is an effective little horror period piece that faithfully retells the legend, while spicing things up just enough to make it feel hip and modern. Add some great use of clever humor, as rock solid cast, brutal and gory death scenes, and Christopher Walken as the Headless Horsemen, and you have yourselves a winner.
The Witches, from the brilliant writing mind of Roald Dahl, is an often forgotten spooky movie that is intended for kids, but comes with a heaping helping of adult size fun and scares. Incredible make up and effects litter this film, as does a cute story about a boy turned into a mouse who must stop the evil Witches from taking over the world. A sleeper hit no doubt, and one you probably haven’t heard of or never paid much mind to, seeing as the audience it’s geared towards. Take a chance on this one to mix things up this October.
Another sleeper gem that most would overlook due to an overly cheesy cover art and no real hype at it’s time of release, this fun little slasher takes place on Halloween, and has a few interesting gimmicks and noble ideas that makes things more interesting than your average slasher. The well-placed dark humor and twisted nature of the whole tale more than make up for it’s other shortcomings. If you think you’ve seen every Halloween based slasher flick, pick this up. It might be more entertaining than you think, even for the diehards.
Call it nostalgia. Call it being a Tim Burton Fan boy. I call it a masterpiece of animated cinema, one of the best holiday themed movies ever made, and Tim Burton’s crowning achievement. Nothing will ever eclipse this, even when people try to enhance with updated soundtracks and 3-d glasses. I’m begging for the hate mail to come pouring in now, and I may even lose the trust of my co-writer here on Midnight Showing Ronnie, but I still feel as much love and devotion to this film as i did 15 years ago. A masterpiece.
AS IF YOU DIDN’T SEE THIS ONE COMING…
THE Halloween movie to end all Halloween movies. John Carpenter’s timeless classic is the epitome of how to create tension, atmosphere, and intrigue with simple pieces. Most don’t even realize that some of the movie is simply shots of interiors and exteriors of houses and neighborhoods, with just the theme laid over top of them. That’s how genius it is. He takes a dark stairwell and makes it terrifying. Combine that with some shots through wide screen and other strange lenses to give it a surreal feel, the most memorable killer of all time, and the emergence of Jamie Lee Curtis as the “door next girl babysitter” and you have one for the ages. Who would’ve thought one of the most recognized movies in the history of horror cinema would be as tame and bloodless as this flick?
We hope you enjoyed our picks for the Top 5 Halloween flicks this year, and stay tuned for more themed content coming throughout the month of October.
Sleep tight and remember, the killer about to call you is already in your house.